Vengeance

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In a Hong Kong hospital, a French woman lies in critical condition after a gangland hit that killed her Chinese husband and two small children. Her father Costello (Johnny Hallyday) arrives from France and is immediately warned by police not to get... read more
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In a Hong Kong hospital, a French woman lies in critical condition after a gangland hit that killed her Chinese husband and two small children. Her father Costello (Johnny Hallyday) arrives from France and is immediately warned by police not to get involved, even as his daughter wordlessly pleads for his help. A stranger in a strange land and plagued by a failing memory, Costello sits stunned in his hotel room, scrawling the word vengeance over the bloody crime scene photos of his daughter's family. He soon crosses paths with three professional killers (To regulars Anthony Wong, Lam Suet and Lam Ka Tung) who work for the crass and flamboyant mob boss Fung (Simon Yam), and asks them to help avenge his family. But as the men get to know their new client, they learn that his past may not be as innocent as they had assumed. As Costello's memory problems worsen, the question becomes: what is the meaning of vengeance when you no longer remember either those who have wronged you or those you have lost? With his debonair yet rugged good looks and piercing, pale eyes, Hallyday, a pop icon who has sold over 100 million records during his decades-long career and is considered by some to be the French Elvis Presley, adds pathos and depth to the enigmatic Costello. The craggy, lived-in face of Hallyday is as riveting as To's mad scenes of mayhem, which include a fierce nighttime shootout as clouds pass over the full moon and, shootouts being To's stock in trade, an epic battle in a junkyard that has to be seen to be believed.

Original Release

05/20/2009

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Cast

Simon Yam George Fung
Johnny Hallyday Francis Costello
Sylvie Testud Irene Costello
Vincent Sze Mr. Thompson / Thompson Cheung Chi Shun
Felix Wong Python
Maggie Siu Madam Wong
Farini Cheung Tony's Wife / Chan Siu Ling
Elena Kong Wolf's Wife
Jo Kuk Crow's Wife
Michelle Ye Big Mama
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Johnnie To

Writers

Ka-Fai Wai

Cast

Simon Yam George Fung
Johnny Hallyday Francis Costello
Sylvie Testud Irene Costello
Vincent Sze Mr. Thompson / Thompson Cheung Chi Shun
Felix Wong Python
Maggie Siu Madam Wong
Farini Cheung Tony's Wife / Chan Siu Ling
Elena Kong Wolf's Wife
Jo Kuk Crow's Wife
Michelle Ye Big Mama
Ka Tung Lam Chu / Yiu Ka Chu
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong Kwai / Lee Yuen Kwai
Kawing Python's Wife
Gwendolyn Chen Mrs. Fung
Wai Vincent Lam Fung's Bodyguard
Alan Chung San Chui Fung's Bodyguard
Wing-Cheung Cheung Fung's Bodyguard
Chi Wai Wong Killer
Chiang Lo (as Hau Keung Lo)
Haitao Li (as Hai Tao Li)

Producers

Editors

David M. Richardson

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